San Mateo, Calif. — Citing studies indicating that nearly 33% of the 47 million uninsured in America are eligible for government-sponsored health insurance but aren't signed up, the Foundation for Health Coverage Education (FHCE) has captured, on a single Web site database, more than 144 government-sponsored programs to help people in need of health coverage.

Combined with the service capabilities of the nonprofit's 24/7 live U.S. Uninsured Help Line, the goal is to add Internet support in an effort to reduce the bureaucratic steps needed to apply for government-paid health coverage, according to the San Mateo, Calif.-based organization. The move to an Internet-based application process is an effort to help solve a serious problem that experts believe factors into why such a high percentage of the country's uninsured are not availing themselves of the current government assistance programs.

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